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Brandon & South Shore

  1. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    DeBartolo Family Foundation All Star Charity Gala

    Lisa and Paul Anka, from left, celebrate with gala hosts Eddie and Candy DeBartolo at the annual bash.
  2. Riverview couple may get reprieve from foreclosure over $150 association fee

    Real Estate

    RIVERVIEW — A Riverview family on the brink of losing their home for failing to pay a $150 homeowners association fee has been offered an 11th hour chance at mediation following news coverage of their plight.

    Tina and Luis Lopez had been ordered to leave their house in the Rivercrest community of Riverview over unpaid homeowners association fees. They now have a mediation conference scheduled Tuesday. [D'ANN LAWRENCE WHITE   |   Special to the Times]
  3. Lutz chef got start as Fidel Castro's prisoner, with paprika and Russian meat

    Human Interest

    LUTZ — In a way, credit for the opening of one of the Tampa area's newest Cuban restaurants belongs to Fidel Castro.

    Pepe Diaz, with wife, Tania, has opened La Yuma Cuban Cuisine in Lutz, trading on a career as a chef with humble beginnings: Diaz started out seasoning Russian meat with the only spice he had, paprika, as a prisoner of Fidel Castro.
  4. Relay for Life continues to be a community phenomenon


    GIBSONTON — The lyrics to John Legends' Love Me Now resonated throughout the East Bay High School football stadium during a choreographed lip sync performance from the Lennard High School Student Government Association members.

    Lennard High students turn in a lip-synch performance while others look on at the Relay For Life SouthShore event on March 25.
  5. Ruth: Rays' stadium search a stew of money, politics, timing, Kismet


    This could be your golden opportunity. If you have a vacant lot somewhere, you could be the lucky winner in the Tampa Bay Rays stadium site search. It seems, for all the hub-bub and frenzied speculation over where the lads will next play ball for the foreseeable future, team owner Stuart Sternberg is having a harder …

    Conventional wisdom suggested that given the chance, the Tampa Bay Rays would quickly identify Tampa sites suitable for a stadium to replace Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Instead, the list of places off the table is growing.  [SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]
  6. Tampa deli owner, adopted at birth, discovers five siblings at age 53

    Human Interest


    Jimmy Nichols walked into his new downtown deli and looked through the lunchtime crowd to find his wife Sally behind the counter. She caught his look, flashed a smile, and tears welled in their eyes.

    Jimmy Nichols, at work in his Cooks deli, won’t be deleting the text message he received from the sister he didn’t know he had. Reluctant to look for his birth family, Cook finally started searching in December after the death of his adoptive parents.
  7. Kids Community College expands high school options in SouthShore


    RIVERVIEW — Tim Kilpatrick sought to help kids enjoy educational success when he opened a Riverview preschool in 2003 and dubbed it Kids Community College.

    Brian Bethune will serve as the principal of the new Kids Community College Preparatory High School in the fall.
  8. Brandies: Be careful where you plant those 'little' trees

    Home and Garden

    If you make mistakes with annuals, perennials, or even shrubs, it is easy to fix the situation.

    Started from a seedling, this loquat gives good fruit every spring, but it is too close to the house and someone has to get up on the roof to prune it every year. Bad mistake.
  9. Valrico's Village Players bring Dr. Seuss to life


    VALRICO — Dr. Suess's Horton Hears A Who and other beloved classics will be brought to life starting Friday (March 31) by the Village Players as they perform Suessical The Musical at the James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St.

    Horton the elephant and other Dr. Suess characters will be brought to the stage by the Village Players as they present Suessical the Musical starting Friday at the James McCabe Theater.
  10. TGH Healthplex readies for service in Brandon


    TAMPA — Folks describe it as a one-stop shopping center in healthcare.

    hillshealthplex032617: The TGH Brandon Healthplex on Palm River Road in Tampa is set to open its emergency center component on Monday (March 27). The ambulatory surgery center will become operational in mid-April and the remainder of services offered inside the $60 million complex will be available by the year?  s end. Photos courtesy of Tampa General Hospital